Want to hear more about the mowing of the weeds in the alley? OMG! So, this was Sunday afternoon that DH mowed a little strip of weeds down along the alley (but outside the fence on other side) and got the stink eye from the lady that lives on the other side. He apologized to her for mowing the weeds and said he won't do it again
Yesterday (Tuesday by now) late morning someone drove down the alley in a pick up (no one except us has used the alley so far, so not common for a car to drive down it). A short time later guess who shows up at our front door?! The sheriff and his under sheriff! Said they got a complaint from the lady on the other side of the alley that he was on her property looking around. DH says "oookayyy.....well, I just mowed some weeds down in the alley, but sure, no problem. I already apologized to her and told her it won't happen again". Now, wouldn't you think that's all that would be needed to resolve this? Oh no....then the sheriff wanted to see DH's driver's license! (we now have new temporary licenses we went and got last week) and hands it to his under sheriff......and he actually calls in to run a check on DH's license. OMG! All this for mowing down a few feet of weeds in an alleyway? Mowing weeds in an alley is such an offense, that apparently it calls for the HEAD sheriff and the under sheriff to both come out.
So then the sheriff is telling DH she's an older lady, her husband died, and she just got freaked out that someone was on her property (in the alley). DH says "sure, understandable. It won't happen again, I was just trying to keep the weeds down a bit". Then he says "what's up with the truck?" and DH is like what truck? (his pick up is still being stored at our friends shop 30 miles away). "oh, I mean this trailer" the sheriff says. It's a little small cargo trailer. DH says, it belongs to a friend of mine, he let me borrow it so move some of my belongings here. We just bought this house a couple of weeks ago.
Then the sheriff says something about her son (I missed that part of the conversation). Now we had already been told by the previous owner that that lady's son was in charge of the town schools, but he's a lazy POS (previous owner's words) who doesn't help her out. The sheriff is saying something about her son and says "he's a big guy - you don't want to mess with him". Did you just seriously say that? LOL. Like, um.....is that a warning? a threat? aren't you the law? the one's who are supposed to protect people from "big guys you don't want to mess with"? The whole time we're just kinda standing there going like "ooookaayyy, no problem".
So, my guess is lady did not call the sheriff. She complained about it to her son. He took a drive down the alley and then got a hold of his sheriff buddy (apparently they are good friends) and had him come over and make sure we weren't going to mow any more weeds down! Otherwise, she probably would have called that day, not 2 days later.
We had already heard a bit about this sheriff.......from the guy who lives in the (super nice expensive) house next door to the property on the river we just bought. He told us one of our visits last spring that he was friends with the sheriff (goes hunting with him) when we were telling him what our neighborhood/city drug problem is like and dealing with the sheriff and deputies there. So, DH kinda just throws in there "ya, we just moved here. We also bought a piece of property down on such and such road....next door to Mr. So and So" (knowing full well they are friends)". You could kind of see his surprised expression. Then he says "well you seem like a decent guy and you have a pretty wife (again, seriously? LOL)., we just wanted to make sure there will be no problems".
You gotta just laugh about it. Apparently a "hey, thanks for mowing those overgrown weeds down" isn't what happens around here LOL.
DH didn't mow the whole alley - just the part that our property borders. Here's a picture of what the section looks like that DH mowed (oh the horror!) just up to the fencing on other side of alley. Makes that tree look so much prettier, I think. and it's not to that fence farther back near the trailer. there is a wire fence that runs right along alley, right behind that tree.
What an awful neighbor DH is.......shaking my head..........